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V-Day Treats Allergy Friendly Gluten Free

Valentine’s Day, Food Allergies, and Special Diets

Valentine’s Day, along with every other holiday can be hard enough without food allergies or a special diet, so here are some tips to get you through.

Treat Suggestions
Shortbread Cookies: Download our free Kit Card and make shortbread cookies. Rather than use Christmas decorations (like the card) make a pink glaze instead. Use heart cookie cutters and now you have an awesome V-Day treat.

Torrie & Howard Candies: Order some of these to use as a small way to show someone you care. Be sure to get cherry or pomegranate flavors which have red wrappers.

Wholesome Sweeteners (Previously Surf Sweets) Heart Candy: These are gluten free, top 8 free, vegan, and organic. You can get these at many specialty stores, and amazon.

No Whey Chocolates: They have seasonal treats available now, and if you call, you may be able to get free shipping.

Enjoy Life Foods: Everything from enjoy life is Top 8 Free and more. You can take their soft baked cookies and use a small heart cookie cuter to turn cookie rounds into V-Day hearts.

Zego Snacks: Pick up the strawberry or raspberry Zego bars and like the tip above, use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to show some love to someone special. Vanilla heart yogurt for breakfast is sure to make someone smile.

Make These Quick Snacks:
Pictured are Made Good Crispy Rice Bars topped with Surf Sweets Heart Gummies. I made a quick Vanilla Glaze to use as glue. For the glaze, I used a few Tablespoons of Organic Powdered Sugar and added a small amount of water until it was a glue-like consistency. The kids dipped the gummies in the glue, and stuck them on to the crispy treats.

The biggest reason I shared this treat with you: we made them in FIVE minutes. I know how busy life gets, so I wanted to make something that someone short on time can enjoy.

V-Day Treats Allergy Friendly Gluten Free

Do Things Your Way
Maybe food isn’t the best option for you. There are so many other ways to show love on V-Day that don’t involve food. LEGO bricks can be formed into the shape of a heart. Paper crafts and origami are also a great option. If you live near a beach, draw hearts in the sand, take pictures, and make your own custom cards. With a little creativity, the options are limitless on how to show some care and love.

Don’t Forget the Health Factor
It’s easy to get caught up in the sweets on Valentine’s Day, but don’t forget, there are other food groups to choose from. Smoothies and juices can include beets, goji berries, raspberries, and strawberries for a pink tint. Pink lady apples also make a great pink toned applesauce. If you want a fun dinner, consider homemade pizza, and form the dough into the shape of a heart. To make this easier, Wilton sells a heart shaped cake pan you can purchase to make your shaping much easier.

No matter how you chose to spend Valentine’s Day, make sure it’s stress free and full of love.

Other bloggers who have shared great guides:

Celiac Mama’s Survival Tips

Celiac and the Beast’s Gift Guide

Krysten’s Kitchen’s Tasty Creations

Gluten Free, Vegan, Allergy Friendly No-Bake Cheesecakes

No-Bake Cheesecakes ~ All The Details

No-Bake Cheesecakes are simply AWESOME. Please refer to this post before making cheesecakes. I’ve put together all the best information in one place for you.

First, Let’s Talk About Cream Cheese Options

When you’re dairy free, there aren’t a lot of options when it comes to cream cheese. If you’re big on homesteading, you can make it yourself. That would be the cleanest option. If you’re new to dairy free and have no idea where to being, you’re most likely looking to make a purchase. Below are the three leading brands of cream cheese available in most stores that cater to people with food allergies. However, be warned, they each come with strings attached. Read More

Gluten Free, Vegan, No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Allergy Friendly No-Bake Cheesecakes – Monday Night Life Edition

Are you aware of our live online cooking show? It currently streams to Instagram (@TheAllergyChef) and on Facebook (Free & Friendly Foods). During our No-Bake Cheesecake episode of Monday Night Live, I shared all things cheesecake with viewers. You can still view the video on Facebook, and see how easy these are to make. Read More

Gluten Free, Vegan, No-Bake Egg Nog Cheesecake

Allergy Friendly Light Egg Nog No-Bake Cheesecake

Egg Nog? Yes! Cheesecake? Absolutely! One of my favorite things to do is combine desserts because why on earth should we have to choose.

Before you jump in, if this is your first rodeo, be sure to read through our No-Bake Cheesecake Basics post. In that post, I go over all you need to know about the different brands of cream cheese, as well as ratios, tips, tricks, and more. You can also see all 13 flavors of our No-Bake Cheesecake Series here.

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Nightshade Free, Sesame Free, Vegan, Soy Free Compatible, Legume Free Compatible
*Filling is Cane/Refined Sugar Free
Soy & Legume Free: Use a different cream cheese option (see the basic post for details) Read More

Gluten Free, Vegan, No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake & No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Allergy Friendly Pumpkin No-Bake Cheesecake & Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake

Ready for a double recipe post? As I shared in the No-Bake Cheesecake Basics post, when I make these cheesecakes, I will generally make two flavors at a time. We also decided this time to take some cool photos of these flavors together. Gotta shake things up sometimes, right?

Before you jump in, if this is your first rodeo, be sure to read through our No-Bake Cheesecake Basics post. In that post, I go over all you need to know about the different brands of cream cheese, as well as ratios, tips, tricks, and more. You can also see all 13 flavors of our No-Bake Cheesecake Series here.

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Sesame Free, Vegan, Nut Free Compatible
Nut Free: Use a different cream cheese option (see the basic post for details) Read More

Gluten Free, Vegan, Malk Potato Pie Cups

Allergy Friendly Malk Potato Pie Cups

Our dear friend Krysten (KrystensKitchen.com) first introduced us to Malk about a year ago. She was in love with it, and shared info on her Instagram stories. In our area, we weren’t able to get it until about six months ago or so. Several weeks ago, I’m at Rainbow in the city, and we all know how much I love finding new products. Low and behold, Malk Nog (MalkOrganics.com). It was such an amazing find, and much better priced than the fresh sprouted almond milk option. At first, it was just a really awesome find, until I ran the numbers. Read More

Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Sweet Potato Mash

Allergy Friendly Purple Sweet Potato Mash

So mister Low/No Sugar had braces put on his teeth. With that in mind, I had to create all sorts of soft foods which were safe for him. In addition to his special “jello” and soup, he was also showered with sweet potatoes galore. There was also pudding and ice cream. And of course, his most favorite person in the world. Krysten (KrystensKitchen.com) brought him some very special Mickey Mouse gummies that she made. Read More

Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Mini Sweet Potato Pies

Allergy Friendly Grain Free Mini Sweet Potato Pies

With the holidays being in full swing, now’s the time to spend time making fun desserts like these. This recipe is quite flexible in that you can use orange flesh and purple flesh sweet potatoes. When I made this, I knew that I wanted it to be simple so that many different diet types could enjoy it. Truthfully, I was expecting for no one to really enjoy it, however, I was quite surprised. Everyone else in the house really enjoyed this sweet potato pie rendition. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Gluten Free & Vegan Pumpkin Brownie Bar

Pumpkin Brownie Bars

It’s that time again! Time to start creating all things pumpkin flavored. This is our first of many new pumpkin recipes. Be sure to check back for our savory pumpkin pasta, pumpkin truffles, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin freezer sandwiches.

These pumpkin brownie bars came about as we were working on our candy bar project. The “cake” layer of our candy bar has been deemed amazing. With that in mind, I knew we had to try other flavors to see what would work. Rather than make a pumpkin candy bar (yes, I seriously considered it), I opted for a brownie bar just for fun.

If you’re dairy, tree nut, and coconut free, you may need to make your own ice cream at home. Making vanilla ice cream at home using an ice cream maker with a compressor is super easy, and very tasty. You’ll need to have a safe milk base, such as Good Karma Foods Unsweetened Flax Milk, or something homemade. We make homemade oat milk ice cream that’s top 8 free and corn free using the fresh oat milk that we make for our bakery. Now that you know some of the story behind this creation, on to the recipe!

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Vegan Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Corn Free Apple Pancakes by The Allergy Chef

Corn Free Spiced Apple Pancakes

It has been quite a busy season around here, but we must keep moving forward 🙂 We’ve been working on several collaborations right now, and this is one of them. We’ve teamed up with Hannah from Positively Pure Food. She has an AMAzing Instagram Profile, here’s the link. Like me, Hannah creates awesome allergy friendly recipes, so be sure to follow her for yummy ideas.

Together, we decided to come up with holiday CORN FREE pancakes. That’s right folks. Hold on to your seats. While most of you don’t have a corn allergy, those of you that do understand how difficult it can be to source safe ingredients and then get said ingredients to work together to form something just right. Both Hannah and I put in a lot of time and energy to deliver what we feel are delicious, enjoyable, and safe recipes. For all of my corn free friends out there, enjoy yourself. Indulge yourself.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Diabetic Friendly Read More

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